China Calendar 2013
China is a sleeping giant that when awoken, could send the rest of the industrialized nations of the world a run for their money. China was China long before North America became Canada and USA, and it still is China. Celebrate this colorful, diverse and staggeringly vast country with their people as they live out their traditions.
International New Year’s Day – In deference to the international business community, the Chinese celebrate this day as a national holiday, although it does have a (more explosive) New Year of its own.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Chinese New Year – This day in the China calendar 2013 celebrates the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. This traditionally coincides with the arrival of spring. Of all the Chinese festivities, this is the most important and the most crackling, as the Chinese are allowed to use firecrackers to drive bad spirits away as they join the living on their festivities.
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Qing Ming Jie
Tomb Sweeping Day – Cleaning the graveyard of the departed usually happens on the Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day in other cultures. But leave it to the Chinese to have their own separate cleaning ceremonies that their ancestors would sure appreciate. In fact, this act of cleaning is how they honor their ancestors while remembering their good deeds.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Labor Day – The Chinese honor the value of labor and its workforce on this day, just like in other countries with sizable industries (particularly in China where blue collar labor and its huge outsourcing talents are the backbone of the economy).
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Dragon Boat Festival – This day in the China calendar 2013 is marked not only with racing dragon boats, but also with eating rice dumplings called zongzi and drinking realgar wine.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival – The lantern festival was traditionally a harvest festival, but has evolved into a social gathering festival where children and their families parade brightly lit lanterns on the streets and share moon cakes with each other.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
CPC (Communist Party of China) Founding Day – This day commemorates the creation of the first national congress.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Double Seven Festival – This 7th day of the 7th lunar month is the Chinese equivalent of Valentine’s Day because of the romantic origins of the legends of the cowherd (Niulang) and the weaver (Zhinu).
Tuesday 13 August 2013
Ghost Festival – This is the day when the Chinese believe that the gates to the underworld are opened, and hungry ghosts escape from it to rejoin the living. Hence, the Chinese put out food on their altars and graveyards and feed the beggars and the monks.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
National Day – This day in the China calendar 2013 memorializes the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 in Tiananmen Square (China was once ruled by dynasties, or families of monarchs that ruled for hundreds of years).
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Have a Happy China Holiday in 2013.!
Category: Chinese holidays